Reading is one of those things we do not really think of as important. We read if we are assigned to read something. However, regular reading can have several benefits as explained in this article. Some of those include better memory, gaining knowledge, stress reduction, and better writing skills. Reading can be fun, but it is much more than that. It is something one should make part of their daily routine.
Reading fluency is important to comprehension. It is a skill that can be taught and practiced. Being able to read smoothly can help readers better comprehend what they are reading. This is something that comes from practicing reading. Like just about any other skill, reading must be practiced to be improved upon.
Research shows that reading, deep reading, can help readers have empathy for others and understand diverse social situations. Deep reading is reading that makes your brain work - makes you think while you are reading and has not distractors, like the links found on websites. Classic literature would fall into that category. This article suggests readers are moving away from the kind of deep reading that would be helpful and suggests we need to get back to that kind of reading.
Reading, as it turns out, can make you happier! This New Yorker article talked about reading being prescribed as therapy for soldiers and others to help them be happy.